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Master Chu Yu Cheng is the president of the Gui Ting internal martial arts association. His grandfather, Chu Gui Ting was one of the most notable masters of his time. Master Chu Yu Cheng teaches Xingyi and Taichi as well as Bagua and is a fifth descendent in these styles. His knowldge and skill past to him totally from his grandfather, focuses not only on fighting skill, but also health.

Special Skills: Health and longevity, fighting skills, distinguished lineage, teaching experience.

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Out door training facilities, traditional conditioning equipment and weapons.

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Master Chu Yu Cheng is a 5th generation inheritor of Yang Style Taichi, Liang Style Bagua, Cheng Style Bagua and Hebei Style Xingyi Quan. Master Chu Yu Cheng comes from a distinguished lineage of great masters and a kung fu family of high regard. He is willing to teach both traditional kung fu and its deeper essence to long term and returning students. This deeper essence includes combat techniques, health and longevity exercises and their philosophy.

For both long and short term students this is an opportunity to learn traditional martial arts, the traditional way, in one of Shanghai’s famous parks.

Master profile

  • China, Shanghai
  • Martial Arts
  • Yang Style Taichi, Liang Style Baguazhang, Hebei Style Xingyi Quan
  • Qigong, Neigong
  • 2 out of 5
  • May, June, July, August, September
  • Can be combined with Language Learning and or a Paid China TEFL Internship
  • - Tuition only
  • - Accommodation - Food - Chinese Visa - Travel

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Submitted on 07/08/2015 by Nikolaus Klinger | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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I had training with chu yucheng one on one for about a month (besides my tuina studies in shanghai). Master chu is a very nice and friendly person and often corrects you with a smile. I already have experience with baguazhang and I wanted to learn something new, additional or use my time in shanghai to see what other masters are doing. So master chu had a look at my bagua in the beginning and made a schedule according to my basics. He can only speak chinese, so a bit of chinese language skills would be good in order to study with him. Otherwise its sometimes difficult for him to correct or explain things. We learned the 8 palm changes of his “liang” stye baguazhang, which is actually a mix of Li CunYis and Liang ZhenPus style. Not like the liang style I have seen from ma chuanxu or Li ZiMing. His Baguazhang is very practical and straight with lots of strikes and sometimes xingyi stepping. We also learned Li CunYis basic form called bagua wuxing san pan zhang, bagua five elements 3 levels palm. 3 forms with xingyi stepping and bagua techniques, which reminded me a lot about the famous bagua 64 hands form. Master chu likes to show applications and keeps his forms simple and very practical. He will show you the use of each technique and how to perform it correctly. I joined one of his group classes, where partner work was a big part of his teachings. Most people were doing xingyi quan and two of his disciples were practising a wudang two people form. That was absolutely interessting for me because I have been in wudang. His two people swordform come from li jinglin a top famous wudang swordsman from old times. I would definitely like to learn this next time... Only downside which I have to mention now, is, that he seems keep forgetting parts of his bagua forms and important movements which he showed a day earlier. Probably because his love is for xingyiquan and so is his teaching focus.
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Submitted on 03/17/2015 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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"When I finally got the opportunity to go to China and practice martial arts, I had a hard time finding the right teacher. My pursuit involved getting information through some friends who had already been to China and various web sites. Instead of training at a school, I wanted to practice individually with a master. After a year of searching I bumped into StudyMartialArts.Org website where I found a video and biography of master Chu Yu Cheng. I got in touch with the SMA team who made my pursuit much easier. I had 1 contact person in David. He informed me about master Chu Yu Cheng, the training, financial costs, possibilities for obtaining a visa and everyday life in Shanghai. Upon my arrival, everything had already been resolved. During my stay in China, David regularly contacted me to find out if I was satisfied with the training. I would highly recommend, anyone interested in going to China, to get in touch with David beforehand, as this is a sure way of saving time, energy and money. "
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Master Chu Yu Cheng has over 30 years of experience teaching Martial Arts. Master Chu has been the senior coach of Kung Fu at Schools in Suzhou, Anhui Province and in Jinshan, Shanghai. He has also become a researcher of Wudang Kung Fu and expert of the traditional Yang Style Taiji Association; a Vice Director of the Li Luo Neng Xingyi Association in Hebei Province and an expert for the Kung Fu Alliance of Hong Kong.

Master Chu teaches both the theory and practice of traditional kung fu he teaches students combat techniques as well as health and longevity exercises and their philosophy.

Master Chu realizes that not everyone has the commitment to be taught as a long term student. He is therefore willing to teach forms and movement to short term students so they too can benefit from this traditional art and develop a lasting love for kung fu.

 

Master Chu Yu Cheng is the president of Gui Ting internal martial arts association. His grandfather, Chu Gui Ting was one of the most notable masters in his time. His knowledge and skills have been past to him totally from his grandfather and cover both combat as well as health and longevity. Master Chu has a wealth of experience teaching and lecturing on Liang Style Baguazhang, Yang Style Taichi and also Hebei Style Xingyi Quan. As a result Master Chu coaches and advises a number of kung fu schools and associations throughout China.

Master Chu Yu Cheng's lineage comes directly from his grandfather, Grandmaster Chu Gui Ting. In 1912, Chu Gui Ting began studying Xingyi Quan (Shape and Mind Boxing) and Baguazhang (Eight Trigram Boxing) as an official disciple under Master Li Cun Yi. In 1921, Chu Gui Ting studied Yang Shi Tai chi Chuan (Yang Style Grand Ultimate Fist) in Hangzhou from Yang Cheng Fu - a direct descendent of the style's progenitor. In doing so he became one of the "Five Tiger Generals". Between 1916 and 1940, Chu Gui Ting was heavily involved in martial arts in both Jiangsu and Shanghai. During this time he worked with the East China Five Province General's Bodyguards, the Central Chinese Boxing Association, the Zhejiang Province Chinese Boxing Association, the Central Police Officers Association, the Presidential Palace Bodyguards, the National Government's Military Department and the Jiangsu Public Security Headquarters. In 1956, Chu Gui Ting, Gu Liuxin and Fu Zhongwen were invited to Beijing to formulate the famous Simplified 24 And 28 Step Yang Shi Tai Chi Quan (Yang Style Grand Ultimate Fist) Forms that are still practiced throughout China to this very day.

In addition to the styles below Master Chu also teaches Cheng Style Baguazhang on request.

Hebei style Xingyi Quan
李洛能->刘奇兰->李存义->褚桂亭->褚玉诚
Li LuoNeng ->Liu QiLan -> Li CunYi -> Chu GuiTing -> Chu YuCheng

Yang style Tai Chi Chuan 杨璐禅->杨健侯->杨澄甫->褚桂亭->褚玉诚
Yang LuChan -> Yang JianHou -> Yang ChengFu -> Chu GuiTing -> Chu YuCheng

Liang style Baguazhang
董海川->梁振甫->褚桂亭->褚玉诚
Dong HaiChuan -> Liang ZhenFu -> Chu GuiTing -> Chu YuCheng

 

Training with Master Chu Yu Cheng will depend on your choosen style(s) and also the length of your training. The following is Master Chu's training curriculum for each of the styles he teaches.

Hebei Xingyi Quan 

Hebei Xingyi Quan features aggressive shocking attacks and direct footwork. The linear nature of xingyi quan hints at both the military origins and the influence of spear technique alluded to in its mythology. Despite its hard, angular appearance, cultivating "soft" internal strength or qi is essential to achieving power in Xingyi quan.

The goal of the xingyi quan exponent is to reach the opponent quickly and drive powerfully through them in a single burst — the analogy with spear fighting is useful here. This is achieved by coordinating one's body as a single unit and the intense focusing of one's qi. The styles that Master Chu teaches is Hebei style Xingyi quan. This has a twelve animal system with five elements. This Xingyi style’s unique characteristics can be seen in its five elements’ larger and more extended postures, along with its strict and precise economical movements.

Its powerful palm and fist strikes, combined with its straight-line footwork are also part of its exclusive individuality.

 

Fist Forms:Two Person Forms:Weapons Forms:
1. Five Elements9. San Shou Pao16. Lian Huan Dao
2. Twelve Animals10. Wu Xing Pao17. Lian Huan Jian
3. BaZi Gong11. Wu Hua Pao18. Lian Huan Qiang
4. Lian Huan12. An Shen Pao19. Lian Huan Gun
5. Ba Shi13. Jiu Tao Huan20. San Cai Jian
6. Hong Chui 21. Liu He Dao
7. Za Shi ChuiTwo Person Weapons Forms:22. Liu He Jian
8. Integrated Forms14. Dui Dao23. Liu He Qiang
 15. Dui Jian 


Liang Baguazhang

Baguazhang contains an extremely wide variety of techniques, including various strikes (with palm, fist, elbow, fingers etc), low kicks, joint locking techniques, throws, and distinctively evasive circular footwork. The Baguazhang practitioner is known for his ability to "flow" in and out of the way of objects. This is how the theory of being able to fight multiple attackers becomes applicable.

Master Chu teaches Liang style Baguazhang which is similar to Yin and Cheng style Bagua. Where it is different is in its more circular forms and its use of the "eight old palms". In additon to Liang Style Baguazhang Master Chu also teaches Cheng Style Baguazhang. 

 

Fist Forms:Weapons Forms:
1. Ba Zhang4. Long Xing Jian
2. Long Xing Zhang5. Long Xing Qiang
3. Lian Huan Zhang6. Long Xing Zhen


Yang Style Taichi Chuan (TaiJi)

Tai chi chuan martially is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces; the study of yielding and "sticking" to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force. The health benefits of Tai chi chuan were largely explained through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine, which is based on a view of the body and healing mechanisms not always studied or supported by modern science.

 

Fist Forms:Two Person Forms:Weapons Forms:
1. Compact TaiJi3. Push Hands4. Da Gan
2. Taiji Chang Quan 5. Taiji Jian
  6. Taiji Dao
  7. Taiji Qiang

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GENERAL TRAINING COSTS: 


1. Beginner annual price per year is 3,600 rmb for two 1 hour classes per week excluding Chinese National Holidays. Additional classes can be arranged on request. 


2. Discipleship - If students would like to become a disciple of Master Chu and are accepted, students pay a one time fee of 36,000 rmb, no further fees are required and students can train with Master Chu for 1-3 hours per day excluding Chinese National Holidays.  An amazing offer for serious students.

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